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Chipping sign-ups open

posted Mar 22, 2021, 8:46 AM by Joe Christy

Chipping signups are open, now thought March 29! Learn more under Chipping Do's and Dont's.

"Ever wonder how insurance companies decide your house is too risky to insure for wildfire?", asks Kathy Astromoff

posted Mar 22, 2021, 8:37 AM by Joe Christy

"Everyone wonders! That’s because insurance companies use secret scoring systems. Consumers can’t even find out our own score, even though it is the main factor in an underwriting decision. 

That used to be true for credit scores also, but after agitation and lawsuits by consumer groups, we can now see our credit scores for free once a year, which helps us make decisions about how to improve our credit.

Now the CA insurance commissioner is exploring making wildfire insurability scores public, so we can not only know our own scores, but also understand what it would take to improve them. This is great news! 

But, insurance companies are very powerful in CA, and they are already fighting this idea. That’s where we come in. We need to show up and tell the Commissioner why this is good for both consumers and insurers. Consumers get the info we need to prioritize fire hardening projects, while insurers reduce their underwriting risk - which makes our houses more insurable. Wins all around. 

There is a meeting for public comment on March 30 at 1PM Pacific. Please make your voice heard! Register in advance at this link:"

Request for Proposal - San Vicente Redwoods Prescribed Fire Preparation Project

posted Jun 15, 2020, 3:27 PM by Joe Christy   [ updated Jun 15, 2020, 5:45 PM ]

The Bonny Doon Fire Safe Council (BDFSC) is requesting proposals for contractor services. Responses are due by 6:00 PM June 25, 2020. 
The full Scope of Work is available here; and the accompanying maps are here.

Last Call for Spring 2020 Chipping!

posted Apr 3, 2020, 11:32 AM by Joe Christy

We are rapidly reaching our financial limits for the Spring 2020 Chipping Program. Accordingly, we will be closing applications at 6pm Friday, April 3.

Bonny Doon Fire Safe Council Annual Meeting - Panel: Fire History of the Santa Cruz Mountains

posted Jan 15, 2020, 4:23 PM by Joe Christy   [ updated Jan 21, 2020, 4:45 PM ]

Save the Date! Wednesday February 19, 6:30 - 8pm, Davenport Roadhouse
There will be a light dinner available for purchase starting at 6:30.
The program will start a little before 7pm with a brief overview of our activities this past year, then at 7 we will have a Panel Discussion on the Fire History of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Our panel consists of three local experts: Valentin Lopez, Chair of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and President of the Amah Mutsun Land Trust; CAL FIRE San Mateo, Santa Cruz Unit, Forestry Division Chief Rich Sampson; and Tim Hyland, Resource Ecologist for the Santa Cruz District of California State Parks.

Workshop & Work Day at Bonny Doon School 9am to Noon, Saturday, August 24

posted Aug 3, 2019, 2:13 PM by Joe Christy   [ updated Aug 3, 2019, 2:22 PM ]

Please join the Bonny Doon Fire Safe Council, Principal Mike Heffner, and the parents of Bonny Doon School for a workshop on Wildfire Preparedness and a morning working to reduce the risk of wildfire at the school. 
We will assemble in the lower parking lot off of Pine Flat Road at 9am for a half hour conversation about wildfire preparedness - at the School by Mike Heffner and in Bonny Doon by Joe Christy.
Afterwards, we will fan out and work around the school grounds, pulling broom and lopping brush until noon. Wear a long sleeve shirt & pants, boots, gloves, and hat. Bring water to stay hydrated. If you have hand tools such as weed pullers, digging bars, or loppers, please bring one or two. No power tools - we don't want to risk anyone getting hurt.
If you own a truck that can haul brush and some rope & a big tarp to hold the brush in on the road - and you are willing to donate one trip to the dump with a load of brush - please bring these as well. We're not sure how many loads there will be, but the more we haul away, the safer our school will be. Thank you, Bonny Doon!

Maintenance of Ecological Reserve Shaded Fuel Breaks Coming This Fall

posted Jun 11, 2019, 1:32 PM by Joe Christy

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) partners with Calfire to maintain shaded fuel breaks within the Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve. The shaded fuel breaks along Martin Road, Ice Cream Grade, and Candy Lane were last maintained in 2013 and new work is tentatively scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2019 .  CDFW also plans to widen the emergency exit road through the Reserve from Warren Drive to Martin Road. All materials removed will be piled on site and burned when surrounding fuel moisture conditions allow for safe disposal. This timeline, however, is subject to the availability of Calfire Conservation Crews which may not be available in the fall due to other priorities such as fighting active wildfires. If crews are not available in the fall, the project will likely be bumped to the Spring of 2020.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Terris Kasteen at (831) 336-8300.

See what one of your neighbors in Bonny Doon has done to mitigate fire danger around their house.

posted Mar 25, 2019, 5:08 PM by Joe Christy   [ updated Mar 27, 2019, 10:35 AM ]

On Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 10am to Noon, LizAnne and Ken Jensen, on behalf of BDFSC will present a workshop on Wildfire Preparations at  377 Westdale Drive (directions and parking below). It will feature:
  • Demonstration of roof sprinkler system
  • Demonstration of eve mister system
  • Demonstration of pool high-pressure water pump
  • Creating a Photo inventory
  • Evacuation checklists – broken out by how much time you have (10 minutes, 2-hours, 8-hours)
  • Signage with instructions for firefighters
  • The importance of Ham radio when other communications are down
  • Demonstration of seven 1-1/2" fire hose run outs to protect property
  • Multiple strategies for making structures more fire resistant
    • Five-foot defensible space around structures (what we've done and what still needs to be done)
    • Thirty-foot defensible space (what we've done and what still needs to be done)
    • One hundred foot defensible space (what we've done and what still needs to be done)
    • Collaboration with neighbors: homegrown shaded fuel break connected to neighbor's property
  • Backup Water Sources: Two 5000 gallon holding tanks and 12000-gallon pool and how we plan to use them
  • Backup Generator and Booster Pump
  • Neighborhood Alarm System
  • Tour of Fuel reduction work along Westdale Drive
Address: 377 Westdale Drive (enter from Pine Flat, go .4 mile down Westdale. Drive is on the left. Open black gates at the bottom, 377 prominently displayed on gates. Additional parking at 415 Westdale Drive
Contact info: LizAnne and Ken Jensen, 831.425.7001 or

March 21, 2019 CERT Wildfire Presentation Slides Available

posted Mar 25, 2019, 4:48 PM by Joe Christy   [ updated Jun 27, 2019, 2:32 PM ]

On Thursday, March 21, 2019, as an optional part of the the Bonny Doon CERT Basic Training class, BDFSC's Joe Christy and CAL FIRE Chief Aldo Gonzalez gave a well received presentation on Wildfire. Joe Christy's PowerPoint presentation is now available.

¡Free Chipping!

posted Mar 25, 2019, 4:33 PM by Joe Christy

Just one week left to sign up for our free (as in beer) chipping program! Learn how to prepare at, then sign up at

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